England vs. Slovenia

In Football, International Friendly on September 3, 2009 at 09:33

By Joe,

The partnership between Capello and Rooney have been flourishing and Slovenia could be the next victim.

The partnership between Capello and Rooney have been flourishing and Slovenia could be the next victim.

Slovenia will travel to Wembley to face England in a friendly game before their World Cup qualification ties next Wednesday. England needs this game to test a few players out before their crucial World Cup match against Croatia. Fabio Capello is eager to see some of his drafted players to put on a good show at Wembley and David Beckham could get a rare start.

Coach Fabio Capello named his 24-man squad for the games against Slovenia and Croatia last week. He gave call ups to goal keeper Ben Foster, Aaron Lennon, West Brown and Peter Crouch while there is no Michael Owen in the squad. Capello could be resting Wes Brown, John Terry and goal keeper Paul Robinson as they suffered knocks during training. Therefore, the Italian has drafted Bolton’s Gary Cahill as cover for the central defender role. England will have either Carlton Cole or Jermain Defoe partnering up with Wayne Rooney leading the attack.

Slovenia will provide England a stern test. They have played 7 games in their World Cup qualifier group stage and won 3 games, lost 2 and drawn 2. They sit firmly third in the group with 11 points and a chance to make it to the World Cup. The Slovenia team will bring around 3,000 fans to London and hopefully creating a friendly atmosphere.

England will be taking this game lightly as they will want their squad to be fully fit for Wednesday’s game against Croatia. Capello will make 6 changes during the game so expect a few adjustments along the way. In this case, Slovenia could benefit from England tactical changes and a draw on the night can’t be ruled out. Check Betsson as they are offering 6.10 for a draw.

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